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Truck driver injured in overpass collapse recounts close-call

Eric Meyers told WDIV that other vehicles narrowly missed falling debris. (WDIV) Eric Meyers told WDIV that other vehicles narrowly missed falling debris. (WDIV)
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The semi-truck driver who was injured during the deadly collapse of an overpass onto Interstate 75 says other vehicles narrowly missed the falling debris.

“I was in the left lane, I slowed down and took a minute for cars to let me back in. If it wasn't for that there would have been cars under the bridge,” Eric Meyers told WDIV-TV.

Meyers, of Howell, Michigan, struck the fallen Hopple Street overpass moments after it sustained what officials described as a 'major pancake collapse.'

"In a matter of seconds his fate would have probably been different,” Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said of Meyers, who only suffered minor injuries.

“It looked like it was three feet in front of me when it started to fall,” Meyers told WDIV-TV. "It was so close I saw both sides just break and start to fall down and I thought it was going to come through the windshield.”

The collapse happened as work crews were preparing to demolish the overpass as part of a highway widening project. Construction worker Brandon Carl, 35, of Augusta, Kentucky, was killed in the incident as he operated a backhoe.

Meyers said his 6-year-old daughter was on his mind during the close-call.

“Thought I'd never see her again and she'd never know her dad, you know,” he said.

Traffic was halted for about 24 hours on the southbound side of the highway as crews removed the truck and rubble. Officials have not determined what caused the collapse. 

I-75 is the main north-south artery in this part of the country and runs from Michigan to Florida.

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